Li Po Chun UWC of Hong Kong at a glance
Out-of-the classroom learning activities and programmes to choose from at UWC Li Po Chun UWC of Hong Kong
Nationalities represented by students at UWC Li Po Chun UWC of Hong Kong
Li Po Chun UWC of Hong Kong graduates that have received needs-based Davis UWC scholarships to study at USA universities
A global body of students aged 16-19 are educated annually at Li Po Chun UWC of Hong Kong.
Global alumni network
“Attending UWC and the subsequent training I received, elevated my scope considerably, and has put me in a better position to achieve my goals and to impact my community. I also think that being in the UWC environment really tuned my ear to listen, understand and respect other people’s perspectives no matter how different or shocking they were to mine.”
Grace Wanjiku, (Kenya, Li Po Chun UWC of Hong Kong 2000-2002)
Attending Emergency Physician at Yale New Haven Health
Li Po Chun UWC is situated in Sha Tin, New Territories, Hong Kong SAR, Hong Kong, a city in China that lies at the cross-roads of Asia in the heart of one of the world’s most dynamic regions. In daily life, the college emphasises the strong Chinese traditions of proper conduct, practical wisdom, appropriate social relationships and respect for academic learning.
The college was established in 1992, and since that time it has grown in size to 256 students from about 80 countries. Strong links have been developed between the college and various parts of China, especially for service activities.
The concept of opening a United World College in Hong Kong was initiated around 1987 by Sir Q W Lee (by that time Executive Chairman of the Hang Seng Bank) and Mr Li Shiu Tsang MBE JP, whose family had set up the Li Po Chun Charitable Trust, which remains a major provider of educational grants in Hong Kong. The trust was named after Li Po Chun (died in 1963), a prominent Hong Kong businessman and philanthropist. The idea to open a UWC in Hong Kong received enthusiastic support from Sir David Wilson , then Governor of Hong Kong, and Mr David Sutcliffe, then Principal of Atlantic College in Wales. A trust fund was established in Lord Wilson’s name that still provides scholarships exclusively to enable students to come to the College.
Li Po Chun UWC’s strong links with mainland China also provide opportunities for students to learn about the country’s remarkable economic development, political and environmental challenges and rich diversity. Cultural activities at Li Po Chun UWC help students to develop an international appreciation of their own local, regional and national identities and a deeper understanding of their host region. Students can study Chinese language at various levels, from absolute beginner to advanced literature criticism. A unique programme of Chinese Studies explores the art, philosophy and history of mainland China as well as contemporary issues.
Li Po Chun UWC of Hong Kong is situated in a beautiful setting, on a large peninsula on the edge of Ma On Shan Country Park, overlooking the waters of Starfish Bay and Tolo Harbour in Hong Kong’s New Territories. The school campus is less than 10 minutes’ walk from Wu Kai Sha MTR station, making its location very convenient. Li Po Chun UWC is situated in Sha Tin, New Territories, Hong Kong SAR, Hong Kong, a city in China that lies at the cross-roads of Asia in the heart of one of the world’s most dynamic regions. In daily life, the college emphasises the strong Chinese traditions of proper conduct, practical wisdom, appropriate social relationships and respect for academic learning.
Reflecting its location in China, the college aims to be a bridge of understanding between the culture of China and the cultures of the rest of the world. This is reflected in the taught curriculum, the community service work undertaken in China (especially during China Week) and the student composition of the college
Campus and Facilities
Li Po Chun UWC of Hong Kong is a 100% residential community. All the students and full-time college teaching staff live on the campus of Li Po Chun UWC. The purpose-built residential campus is situated in Hong Kong’s New Territories, with the waters of Tolo Harbour on one side and the steep, tree-covered slopes of Ma On Shan (Horse saddle Mountain) on the other. Students live in 4 residences on campus, each of them sharing a room with three other students. Whenever possible, rooms are composed of two second year and two first year students, two from Hong Kong and two from different overseas regions. All full time teaching staff live on campus and are tutors. The tutors and the tutor groups are important lines of support providing guidance, a ‘home away from home’ atmosphere, a shoulder to cry in time of need and a group with whom to share good news.
The campus also includes a sports hall, assembly hall, swimming pool, tennis court, basketball court, a well equipped canteen, library, classrooms, and laboratories.
In the Classroom
Li Po Chun UWC of Hong Kong offers the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) curriculum. Alongside standard courses, Li Po Chun UWC offers Chinese, Mandarin, Spanish, French, Geography, Business Management, Global Politics, Environmental Systems and Societies, Theatre Arts and Visual Arts
Outside the Classroom
The “Quan Cai” (‘whole person development’) programme is an integral part of the students’ learning experience. A total of more than 70 activities are offered, including 10 sports teams, 22 community support activities, and 30 others that are affiliated or connected to groups or organisations in the wider community. Among the different components of the Quan Cai programme, emphasis is given to community service, raising students’ awareness of the roles they can take in achieving peace and sustainability.
The activities are mostly student-led and include Community Service (i.e. Coral Monitoring, Working with Domestic Workers, Animal Rescue), Arts (i.e. Cooking for Healthy Lifestyle, Dragon Dance, Debate, Circus), Physical Activities (i.e. kayaking, hiking, camping and rock climbing), Campus Service (i.e First Aid group, Audio Visual team, Campus Ecologists, and Synergy magazine), China Week and Project Week, Cultural Evenings, Educational Peace Programmes, Orientation Week.
All Hong Kong applicants apply through the UWC Scholarship Scheme to any of the 17 United World Colleges around the world, including UWC LPC, as in the case of any other UWC school or college. For non-Hong Kong students, applications can be made via their UWC national committee or, for full-fee entry, also directly to the College. For more information, visit: www.lpcuwc.edu.hk/how-to-be-involved/admissions
Meet some of the staff members here.
Meet the Head of College here.